Improved visibility and rain aid protection efforts across Lime Complex

July 07, 2022, 9:30 am

The Lime Complex consists of four staffed fires and fourteen unstaffed fires. The total size of the combined fires is 785,539 acres, and there are 185 resources assigned to the complex. Each of these fires was caused by lightning. All unstaffed fires are monitored for growth and potential threats to identified values.

Highlights: There was good visibility yesterday, and aviation assets were able to get out and check on the fires across the complex. The bulk of the activity yesterday, in terms of assessments and mopping up, was focused around fire 244 and Lime Village, as well as some of the allotments south of the village. We have not seen much growth on fires 245 and 246 and the other smaller fires around the lower portion of the complex. Crews are continuing to work on allotments around fires 239 and 240.

The Gannett Glacier Type II initial attack crew, based out of Palmer, AK, gathers for a group photograph with residents of Lime Village during a break in operations. (Photo by Bryan Quimby, Gannett Glacier crew lead)

Weather: A rain-producing front swept across the complex, bringing cloudy skies, high relative humidity, and cooler temperatures with rainfall in the afternoon and overnight hours. A second front is expected to come through today, resulting in similar conditions, resulting in only minimal fire growth. Light south/southeast winds are expected across most of the complex, except for the Iliamna region, which could expect gusty winds from a strong low-pressure system near Kodiak Island.

Staffed Fires in the Complex

South Lime Lake Fire (#190)/Swift River Fire (#228), Door Mountain Fire (#244), Door Creek Fire (#273), Hook Creek Fire (#188) and the Aghaluk Mountain (#206) – 321,359 combined acres.Defensive burning operations resumed yesterday off an indirect line around Lime Village. Visibility improved significantly so operations were supported by air attack and fire bosses. Crews will be securing fire edge and mopping up today. Firefighters are preparing defensive actions for allotments to the south out in front of Fire #244.

Pike Creek (#239)/Koktuli River (#240) – 271,863 combined acres. Lightning starts. The fires are 35 miles north of Iguigig. Crews continue to mop-up and secure allotments along the southwest and northwest flanks. Resources patrol these areas to assess impacts and opportunities to reinforce protection measures already in place.

Upper Talarik (#205) ~ 7,986 acres. Lighting start. The fire is 16 miles from Iliamna. Some heat was observed on a finger along the eastern perimeter yesterday, so firefighters were inserted to assess and secure fire edge.

The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) remains in place over the southern portion of the planning area near Lake Iliamna. Aerial water drops and logistical air support remain active in this area when smoke and weather allow for safe flying. Fire Boss planes are working out of Lake Iliamna, as well as helicopters and other aircraft providing support to firefighting resources on the ground. Please avoid this airspace for public and firefighter safety.

Public Information Map of Lime Complex Fire for July 07, 2022

Unstaffed Fires

Dummy Creek Fire (#247) ~ 179 acres; Cabin Creek Fire (#193) ~ 74 acres; Gagaryah River Fire (#197) ~ 38,087 acres; Kiknik Fire (245) ~ 45,734 acres; Maka Creek Fire (#207) ~ 1 acre; Nushagak River Fire (#189) ~ 10 acres; Stony River Fire (#198) ~ 39,166 acres; Telaquana River Fire (#216) ~ 7,791 acres; Titnuk Creek Fire (#246) ~ 53,291 acres; Upper Talarik (#205) ~ 7,986 acres

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Categories: Active Wildland Fire, AK Fire Info, Alaska DNR - Division of Forestry (DOF)

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